Alibi V.15 No.38 • Sept 21-27, 2006 

Punch Line

Wanted: A World-class Workforce

Thomas Friedman’s now famous book The World is Flat laid out a gloomy future for American workers. According to Friedman, technology has leveled the playing field at both ends of the labor market. For high-tech, high-skill American workers, outsourcing to India will change their ideas of job security as engineering, computer programming and the like are moved to cheaper, equally skilled Indian workers. At the other end of the labor market, relatively low-skilled American manufacturing workers are being undercut by cheap Chinese workers.

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Thin Line

The Bush Translator--President George Bush interrupted prime time last Monday. He had on his red “don’t f*#@ with me” tie and looked very dapper.

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Wes Naman

Talking Points

Saving for a Rainy Day

An interview with Terry McMains, rainwater harvester

While Albuquerque frets about its dwindling aquifer, Terry McMains is trying to get the world, or at least the state, to listen to his solution: rainwater harvesting. McMains is not a rain farmer—he doesn’t plow through puddles, nor does he collect water in buckets. Instead, he installs high-tech rainwater harvesting systems with the company he founded, Aqua Harvest, Inc. The idea for the company was birthed when Rancho Viejo, Santa Fe’s first master-planned community with a rainwater harvesting system, was built in the late ’90s. McMains was a contractor for the project and thought he could create a company that could help alter the course of New Mexico’s water plight. Last week, he found some time to sit down with the Alibi for a chat.

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News Feature

After the Flood

As the City Council scurries to enact new flood resolutions, our antique drainage system continues to rust

In 1956, Albuquerque was outfitted with a new drainage system—one that has remained largely unchanged ever since.

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News Bite

Ceasefire

Embattled Del Rey Mobile Home Park residents remain in their homes ... for now

Local mobile home park residents are, or at least should be, keeping an eye on developments at the Del Rey Mobile Home Park. Their future may depend on it.

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The Real Side

The Belly of the Beast

Live, from the Robert Vigil corruption trial

I’m sitting in on the Robert Vigil trial. In a room full of blue suits and starched collars, the image that comes to mind is the glow of a colonoscopy monitor. Watching the tracks of dirty money in the guts of a corrupt state government isn’t much different from watching a barium enema work its way through the tail end of the human digestive system.

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Odds & Ends

Dateline: England--A homeowner in the southwestern town of Treovis has been cited by local police for “placing a garden gnome with intent to cause harassment.” BBC News reports that Gordon MacKillop was woken just before midnight by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbors. Apparently, MacKillop’s neighbor, former policeman John McLean, had complained that the statue is placed in an “annoying position” and is upsetting to potential buyers viewing his home. The statue in question is just under two feet tall and features a gnome dressed as a police officer, standing between a German shepherd and a flashlight-sized nightlight. Mr. MacKillop told the BBC he bought the lighted gnome to deter criminals after his motorcycle was stolen from his driveway. “I’m not having the police tell me what type of garden gnome I can have in my garden,” said MacKillop. “This is a standard gnome I bought from a retail store. If they are considered to be harassing, they should be withdrawn from sale.”

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Letters

[RE: News Feature, “Quiet the Trains,” Sept. 14-20] Transportation, industry and commerce—not to mention romance. What is there that doesn't love a train? Only that which doesn't have a soul. Ahem.

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Hearing is Believing

The Science of Sound

Learn about the science of recorded sounds. Record a voice straight to vinyl with a restored record cutter and make a record player from paper and a cactus needle. For ages 13 to 17.
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The Movement of Revolution

Ghanaian Dance Classes

Learn traditional Ghanaian dance from a master of the genre.
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Courtesy of El Vado ABQ

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New Kicks on 66

El Vado ABQ Grand Re-Opening

Drive down Route 66 and you're bound to see the countless historic motels that have gone by the wayside in one way or another. El Vado Motor Court Motel refused to be one of them, and holy shit have they had a comeuppance. Originally opening their doors in 1937, shifting through several owners and narrowly avoiding demolition, the city of Albuquerque stepped in knowing there was an opportunity for something unique. Come by their grand re-opening on Friday, July 20 from 6 to 10pm of the historic motel with the opening ceremony beginning at 8:30pm. The new spaces are apartments, guest rooms, event space, shops and restaurant pods. The small restaurant spaces are offered to up-and-coming restauranteurs to get their footing in the industry. No shortage of beer, food, giveaways, room tours, shopping, live music and more, this space is a new beginning and much needed rehab for the city. El Vado promises to “STAY UNIQUE.”   
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Time for Summerfest!

Route 66 Summerfest

See headliner Irma Thomas as well as The Memphis P.Tails, Max Gomez, Silver String Band and more as well as a kids' zone, brews and plenty of vendors.
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Roller Derby Saves the Day

Albuquerque Roller Derby Mashup Game

Watch the The Unicorns in a mashup game of heroes vs. villains with face painting, local artists, a bounce house for the kids, local vendors, libations and snacks.
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If It Ain't Baroque, Don't Fix It

Ballet of the Seven Planets Workshop

Learn traditional Baroque ballet from the time of Louis the XIV sponsored by the Dance Preservation Fund.
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Like They Do in Havana—Ooh Na Na

¡Baile!: Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Classes

Instructors Evelyn Mora and Norma Quiñones offer a chance for families and friends to learn the history, culture and basic movements for salsa, bachata, merengue and more.
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